Overview: The Nest Secure alarm system includes an alarm brain and
keypad, and sensors to help protect your home from unwanted intruders. This
starter pack includes the Nest Guard (hub/brain), two Nest Detect sensors, and
two Nest Tag key fobs. The system is controlled through the Nest app, available
for iOS and Android.
Nest Guard: The Nest Guard is the hub of the Secure alarm system. On the top,
the Guard features a 12-button keypad for entering a passcode, three security
level buttons, and an info button. An LED ring surrounding the top illuminates
to indicate its status. The front features a Motion Sensor that
detects when someone walks nearby (90° field of view to 10 feet). On the back is
a Panic Button to instantly sound the alarm and send an alert to everyone who
has access to your Nest Home account. The Guard's speaker is located on the
bottom with 360° sound dispersion for voice control and the 85dB SPL siren. Nest
Guard requires an indoor power outlet (power cord is 6.5' long) and a Wi-Fi
connection (802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz/5GHz, 802.15 @ 2.4GHz) with internet access.
- Dimensions: Diameter 3.724", Height 2.083", Weight 9 ounces
Nest Detect: The Nest Detect is a combination motion sensor
and door/window sensor. When used alone, Nest Detect can sense when someone
walks nearby (54° field of view up to 15 feet). Used with the included
Open-close Magnet, Detect can sense when a door or window opens or closes. Each
Detect and open-close magnet has a strong adhesive backing and corner bracket
for easy mounting. It has a
button and a light that shows the device's status when pressed. Two
Detect/Magnet combos are included in the starter kit. You can add up to 20 Nest
Detects to your Secure system. Nest Detect must be placed within 50 feet of Nest
- Detect: Width 0.803" Length 3.167" Depth 0.879", Weight 1.26
- Magnet: Width 0.407" Length 1.322" Depth 0.438", Weight 0.35
Nest Tag: The Nest Tag is a key fob that allows you to arm and disarm
the system without having to remember and enter a passcode. Tags can be given to family members for
permanent access, or to guests for temporary access. Two color-coded Tags are
included. Dimensions: Diameter 1.457" Depth 0.273"
Nest App: The Nest Secure system is controlled through a compatible
smartphone or tablet via the free Nest app and Bluetooth 4.0. If the alarm goes
off, you'll receive a security alert on your device describing what triggered
the alarm (door/window opened, someone entered a room). If you also have a Nest
Cam, you will see the view from the camera on your phone. The Nest App gives you
the ability to arm/disarm the system, set the security level, and change
settings. The app's Security History keeps track of all activity detected by
your Secure system, so you can review everything that happens on a particular
day. The Nest app is available for Apple iPhone/iPad running iOS 9.0 or later,
and for Android devices (version varies with device).
Placement: The Nest Guard should be placed close to the door
where you typically come and go. It should be placed on a table or low shelf
where it's easy to access, and where the motion sensor can see the room. It is
best to put the Guard between 28 and 42 inches above the floor. The spot should
be near an unswitched wall outlet where there's a strong Wi-Fi signal. The Nest
Detect and the magnet can be placed on a door or window to sense when it is
opened or closed. Without the magnet, the Detect can be placed on a door or wall
to detect motion when someone walks nearby. For the best motion detection range,
the Detect should be mounted between 5 feet and 6 feet 4 inches from the floor.
Flat surface and corner brackets are included for mounting the Detect.
Security Levels: The Nest Secure has three security levels:
- Away and Guarding: When no one is home, the system
should be set to Away and Guarding. When a door or window opens, or when
there is motion in a room, the alarm sounds and you will receive a
Notification on your smartphone or tablet through the Nest App.
- Home and Guarding: Even if you are at home, you can set
the system to Home and Guarding to give you additional security. The alarm
will sound when a door or window opens, but will not sound when motion is
detected. A Notification is sent to your device when a door or window is
- Off: You can turn off the Nest Secure system when you
don't want security. No alarms will sound, and no Notifications are sent.
Arming and Disarming: There are three ways to arm and disarm
the Nest Secure alarm system:
- Nest Tag: You can hold one of the included Nest Tags on
the Nest Guard until you hear a chime. This will arm or disarm the system,
or it can silence the alarm.
- Nest App: Using the Nest App on your smartphone or
tablet, you can manually arm or disarm the system.
- Passcode: You can arm or disarm the system using the
keypad on the Nest Guard. Pressing a security level button will arm your
home. Entering a passcode will disarm the system.
Extra Features: There are several extra features of the Nest
Secure system to make it more user friendly:
- Heads Up: Before the alarm goes off, Nest Guard will
tell you in a human voice that the alarm is about to sound. You'll have
about 60 seconds after the Heads Up to disarm the alarm.
- No Rush: If you need extra time to leave home or disarm
the system before the alarm sounds, you can use the Nest App to choose a
different time limit. The default is 60 seconds, but you can program the
delay between 45 seconds and 5 minutes.
- Remind Me: The Nest App can send a reminder to arm or
disarm the system to the last person to leave the house or the first to come
home. You can arm or disarm the alarm by tapping the Remind Me notification.
Nest Secure does not automatically arm or disarm when you leave or come
home. You must manually do so on the Nest Guard or in the Nest App.
- Quiet Open: If the alarm is in Home and Guarding mode,
you can use the Quiet Open feature to open a door or window without setting
off the alarm.
- Dog Pass: In the Nest App, you can reduce the Motion
Detection sensitivity to help prevent false alarms caused by your dog. This
works best for dogs under 40 pounds.
- Pathlight: The Nest Detect can illuminate to light your
path in the dark when you walk by. This features must be turned on in the
Nest App, as it is set to off by default. You can also adjust the brightness
in the app. Using Pathlight will likely decrease battery life.
- Tamper Detection: Tampering with the Nest Detect by
removing it from the backplate will trigger an alert on the Nest App.
- Entry Schedules: You can restrict the use of the Nest
Tag to specific hours of the day. For example, if you give a Tag to your
house cleaner, they will only be able to enter and disarm the alarm during
Battery Backup: The Nest Guard is equipped with a 3.7-volt
rechargeable backup battery that will last for up to 12 hours when unplugged or
when the power goes out. This assures the system will still detect when an
intruder is in your home and will sound the alarm. If the battery charge in the
Guard is getting low, you will be alerted on the device and the app. The Nest
Detect has a user-replaceable CR123A 3-volt Lithium battery. The Nest app will
notify you when the battery needs replacing.
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